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Articles by William Schumacher

Will passionately pursues a vigorous life of the mind in service to the gospel. Having lived and worked in Africa, Europe, and North America, he applies international experience and global vision to his teaching and research. He also enjoys the poetry of Wendell Berry, homebrewing, and upland bird hunting.

Proper 19 • 1 Timothy 1:(5–11) 12–17 • September 15, 2013
September 3, 2013 – 7:00 am | No Comment

By William W. Schumacher
The two alternatives for this pericope suggest rather different directions for a sermon, with the briefer reading perhaps lending itself to a clearer focus on the gospel and the longer risking a …

“Nones” on the Rise
October 16, 2012 – 4:43 pm | 6 Comments
“Nones” on the Rise

They aren’t really all that interested in us; but we should be interested in them.

May the Best Story Win
May 1, 2012 – 4:00 pm | 9 Comments
May the Best Story Win

NPR just started what they promise will be a series of stories on “losing faith,” stories about people who were religious believers but no longer believe. The series began with a woman who was a …

Creation and Its Detractors
March 27, 2012 – 2:44 pm | 5 Comments
Creation and Its Detractors

Can you imagine The New York Times printing a critique of scientific atheism? That fact alone might be taken as wry proof for the existence of God!

Losing Face[book]
December 15, 2011 – 2:50 pm | 6 Comments
Losing Face[book]

Why I abandoned the third largest “country” in the world.

Easter 7 • John 17:1–11 • June 5, 2011
May 2, 2011 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

By William W. Schumacher
In the Heidelberg Disputation (1518), Martin Luther drew a stark contrast between a “theologian of glory” and a “theologian of the cross,” and that distinction may still make a Lutheran preacher reluctant to …

Science: “Just” a Matter of Faith?
April 12, 2011 – 3:29 pm | No Comment
Science: “Just” a Matter of Faith?

“Our imagination is stretched to the utmost”

Food for theological reflection
March 16, 2011 – 2:10 pm | 3 Comments
Food for theological reflection

“Food is supposed to be sacred, not fast.”

Msafiri: Ethiopia
March 10, 2011 – 12:32 pm | No Comment
Msafiri: Ethiopia

Africa messes with your head.

Msafiri: African Lutheran Seminaries
February 19, 2011 – 8:09 am | No Comment
Msafiri: African Lutheran Seminaries

I was hoping there would be a handy reference resource someplace where I could look up basic information for the Lutheran seminaries on the continent. A sort of Lutheran seminary yellow pages.